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Welcome to Byrd Central

400th anniversary of English Renaissance composer, William Byrd

We are a group of academics, educators, and musicians creating and disseminating events, new scholarship, stories, and recordings related to the 2023 anniversary of the death of Tudor composer William Byrd. New site areas and content will be released over the course of the year. 

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Upcoming Events

  • David Hatcher: The Ape, the Monkey and the Baboon
    18 Jun, 15:30
    Tewkesbury, 63 Church St, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ, UK
    DAVID HATCHER AND FRIENDS David Hatcher, Claire Horáček, Tim Lin – viols The Ape, the Monkey, and the Baboon A celebration of the music of William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes.
  • Circle Music: Evensong
    Sun, 14 May
    St Giles, Horspath
    14 May, 17:00 BST
    St Giles, Horspath, Church Rd, Horspath, Oxford OX33 1RU, UK
    Byrd short service and organ intros along with Tudor music from Parsons , Smith and more.
  • Quire Voices: Byrd 400
    Sat, 13 May
    St Stephen & St Agnes Church
    13 May, 19:30 BST
    St Stephen & St Agnes Church, Vansittart Rd, Windsor SL4 5DA, UK
    Windsor’s leading chamber choir bring you a concert commemorating 400 years since the death of renaissance composer William Byrd and his astonishing musical legacy. They will be singing one piece from each of his major publications spanning a range of his musical styles.
  • Stile Antico: England's Nightingale
    Sat, 29 Apr
    Church of St Mary New York
    29 Apr, 20:00 GMT-4
    Church of St Mary New York, 145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
    the remarkable music of William Byrd w/ Miller Theatre
  • Stile Antico: England's Nightingale
    Fri, 28 Apr
    St Paul's Church, Cambridge, MA
    28 Apr, 20:00 GMT-4
    St Paul's Church, Cambridge, MA, 29 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    the remarkable music of William Byrd w/ Boston Early Music
  • Festal Evensong: William Byrd's Short Service
    Sun, 23 Apr
    All Saints, Turkdean
    23 Apr, 18:30 BST
    All Saints, Turkdean, Turkdean, Cheltenham GL54 3NT, UK
    Festal Evensong for St George’s Day & Shakespeare’s Birthday Rev Dr Alycia Timmis in conversation with Michael Maloney William Byrd: Short Service Richard Farrant: Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake Conductor: Kit Perona-Wright Musical Director: Steve Winwood
  • William Byrd Singers, Manchester
    Sat, 18 Mar
    Stoller Hall, Manchester
    18 Mar, 19:30 GMT
    Stoller Hall, Manchester, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA, UK
    Alongside the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, the William Byrd Singers will take to The Stoller Hall stage to give voice to anthems and motets by Byrd & Weelkes, rounding the concert off with a complete performance of Byrd’s massive Great Service.
  • New College BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong
    Wed, 08 Feb
    New College Oxford
    08 Feb, 16:00 GMT
    New College Oxford, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN, UK
    The Choir of New College, Oxford, sings music by Byrd live on BBC Radio 3: the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the ‘Great’ Service, the motet Exsurge Domine, and an introit by Byrd’s younger contemporary and fellow-anniversarian Thomas Weelkes. Open to the public; please be seated by 3:45pm.
  • Byrd-a-Thon
    Fri, 03 Feb
    St Mary Magdalen Oxford
    03 Feb, 17:00 GMT – 04 Feb, 17:00 GMT
    St Mary Magdalen Oxford, 9 Magdalen St, Oxford OX1 3AE, UK
    A collaborative complete performance of the Latin choral works of William Byrd to raise money for the music fund at the Church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. Conducted by Will Dawes and Guests.
  • Gesualdo Six, Fretwork: Secret Byrd
    Sat, 28 Jan
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
    28 Jan, 21:00
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, St Martin-In-The Fields Church, London, UK
    Hear Byrd’s Mass for 5 Voices as he intended: sung for private worship in strictest secrecy. Created and Directed by Bill Barclay.
  • Stile Antico: England's Nightingale
    Fri, 27 Jan
    St Mary the Virgin, Oxford
    27 Jan, 20:00 GMT
    St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, The, High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ, UK
    Stile Antico marks 400 years since the death of William Byrd by exploring the many faces of this extraordinary composer, perhaps the greatest that England has ever produced.
  • King's Singers & Fretwork: Tom & Will
    Tue, 24 Jan
    Wigmore Hall, London
    24 Jan, 19:30 GMT
    Wigmore Hall, London, 36 Wigmore St, London W1U 2BP, UK
    A celebration by two leading groups of early-music performers of Thomas Weelkes and William Byrd – plus one or two others.